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      Jim Abrahams

      Jim Abrahams

      Highest Rated: 97% Airplane! (1980)

      Lowest Rated: 14% Jane Austen's Mafia! (1998)

      Birthday: May 10, 1944

      Birthplace: Shorewood, Wisconsin, USA

      With college friends Jerry and David Zucker, Jim Abrahams is co-founder of the Kentucky Fried Theater in Madison, Wisconsin, in 1969. ZAZ (as they came to be known) subsequently moved their satirical group to Los Angeles and set up a theater there. They made their first venture into feature filmmaking with "The Kentucky Fried Movie" (1977). Directed by John Landis, the film was a memorable series of absurd, vulgar and (mostly) wildly funny send-ups of popular culture. Most of their subsequent work has been in a similar vein. "Airplane!" (1980), "Top Secret!" (1984) and "The Naked Gun" (1988) pay satirical homage to, respectively, the disaster film, the spy film and the police film. Trademark features include scattershot pop culture allusions, rapid-fire anything-for-a-laugh gags, and rugged, but notoriously stiff, second echelon actors from the 1950s (e.g., Robert Stack, Leslie Nielsen, Peter Graves).

      Photos

      TOP SECRET, Writer-Director team David Zucker, Jim Abrahams and Jerry Zucker, on set, 1984 WELCOME HOME, ROXY CARMICHAEL, director Jim Abrahams, 1990, ©Paramount RUTHLESS PEOPLE, Jim Abrahams, Jerry Zucker, David Zucker, on set, 1986 THE KENTUCKY FRIED MOVIE, Rick Baker, (in gorilla suit), screenwriters Jerry Zucker, David Zucker, Jim Abrahams, 1977 HOT SHOTS!, Lloyd Bridges, director Jim Abrahams on set, 1991, TM and Copyright (c)20th Century Fox Film Corp. All rights reserved. AIRPLANE!, Jerry Zucker, Howard Koch, Robert K. Weiss, David Zucker, Jim Abrahams, on set, 1980 HOT SHOTS! PART DEUX, Charlie Sheen, director Jim Abrahams on set, 1993, TM and Copyright (c)20th Century Fox Film Corp. All rights reserved.

      Filmography

      Movies

      Credit
      34% 51% Scary Movie 4 Writer $90.7M 2006
      14% 47% Jane Austen's Mafia! Director $19.9M 1998
      No Score Yet 65% ...First Do No Harm Director,
      Producer,
      Executive Producer
      - 1997
      58% 53% Naked Gun 33 1/3: The Final Insult Executive Producer $48.1M 1994
      59% 63% Hot Shots! Part Deux Director,
      Screenwriter
      $38.6M 1993
      58% 65% The Naked Gun 2 1/2: The Smell of Fear Executive Producer $84.3M 1991
      82% 65% Hot Shots! Director,
      Screenwriter
      $68.3M 1991
      50% 47% Welcome Home, Roxy Carmichael Director $3.5M 1990
      72% 77% Cry Baby Executive Producer $7.5M 1990
      50% 69% Big Business Director $39.6M 1988
      86% 84% The Naked Gun Screenwriter,
      Executive Producer
      $77.9M 1988
      93% 72% Ruthless People Director $70.9M 1986
      76% 80% Top Secret! Director,
      Writer,
      Executive Producer
      - 1984
      97% 89% Airplane! Director,
      Writer,
      Executive Producer
      - 1980

      TV

      Credit
      90% 92% Police Squad! Executive Producer,
      Director,
      Writer
      1982